Tuesday, March 29, 2011

WDW Tomorrowland layout

I finished some more layouts of our WDW trip. Most of the pages I've finished are very simple, just journaling and pictures. But every few pages I will have a little more fun with the layout. These 2 are of the entrance area of Tomorrowland and Allen on the Buzz Lightyear ride. I used my Lifes a Party cartridge again, so many cute images on it. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Easter Basket

I made an Easter Basket for Allen to put on his desk at work. He usually has some kind of candy for staff to get a little sweet snack. I think he does it to sweeten them up before growls at them.

Friday, March 25, 2011

These lips have attitude

I love these lips on the Indie Art cartridge, they are so sassy. I am making a set of cards for a friend and this is the last one. I made the sentiment on my computer,  cut a scallop circle using Mini Monograms and center point on my Cricut. Then added a little twine from my MB friend Goobers aka Jessica.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lemon Cakes for the 1 hour Challenge

I made some more recipe layouts for the 1 hour challenge thread on the Cricut MB. These are 2 of my favorite lemon recipes, very easy ones also. I love anything lemon.  The first one is a recipe from Allens grandmother Bessie. She had actually made a strawberry version of this but it had too many seeds, it was very good tho. I liked this one better,  it reminds me of her and the first time I met Allens Napa family.  

Lemon Jello Cake 
1 pkg yellow cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1 pkg lemon jello, 3 oz size
2/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Juice of 2 lemons

Mix 1st six ingredients together and bake in a 9x13 greased dish at 350* for 40 minutes or until tested done.

Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice. Poke holes in warm cake with fork and pour icing over the top.

This next cake recipe is a little weird but does work. After you bake it the pudding is on the bottom. Very yummy.
Warm Lemon Cake

1 pkg yellow cake mix
2 cups cold milk
1 1/4 cups water
2 pkgs 4 servings size, lemon flavored instant pudding & pie filling
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbs powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350*. Prepare cake mix as directed on pkg. Pour batter into greased 9x13 dish. Pour milk and water into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes and sugar. Beat with wire whisk for 2 min or until blended. Pour over cake batter in dish. Place baking dish on baking sheet to catch drippings, as mixture does bubble.
Bake 55 min to 1 hour or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 20 min. Mixture will thicken. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Spoon warm cake into serving dishes


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean

I finally started working on a scrapbook for our trip to Disney World. Allen and I went for our 25th anniversary in '06 so its long overdue. I just got the Lifes A Party cartridge and made a 2 page layout with it. The cartridge has the perfect cuts for the Pirates ride. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Recipe Layouts

I finished the CFS cards I was working on. All of them very simple this time, no Cricut. I just need to get them sent out to Linda. I did get more layouts done for the recipes we have been exchanging on the 1 Hour Challenge thread on the Cricut MB. The 1st two are Lindas recipes and the 3rd is Suzannes. I used From My Kitchen cart on all of them even the pumpkin. Its made using 3 ovals, inked the edges, then layered them.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Lessons Learned

We all have lessons we have learned throughout our lives that help us in our daily tasks. Not just the ones from our childhood but life lessons we've learned from experience or from friends and family. From MJ, I have learned to always be prepared; have all your supplies before you start a project: from my friend KathyF I have learned to be organized, make lists; when making lots of cards at once, have everything in place ready to assemble: from my sisters no matter what the mistake they will love what I make: from my husband, Allen, the biggest lesson is to never "Assume" anything AND always measure. I was prepared & organized but I forgot the most important lesson.  Yes Allen, I assumed, forgot to measure and made a mistake. Luckily I had just started on the 50 or so Cards for Soldiers I was working on and didn't ruin them all.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A2 card set & box

I needed a thank you gift for a friend so I made her a set of note cards and a box to hold them. I felt comfortable making the set because I know that she does love the cards that I have made for her. As any card maker knows, our greatest worry is "Will they really like it?". I worry but I enjoy making my own cards so I will keep sending them. Not to everyone but a certain few. The directions for the box are from SplitCoastStampers and the cards were made from the scraps.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bow Maker

I was surfing the web one day and found this bow maker. Here is the site http://stampndesign.blogspot.com/2011/01/bow-makers-for-sale-to-benefit-diabetes.html and there are directions on her blog on how to tie a bow. I really suck at tying bows so this was perfect. Allen was able to make it very easily from the picture. We went to Lowes and got a  3/4  x 3.5 x 24 piece of hardwood. The dowel is 3/4 inch but it can be any size. The holes are about 1/2 an inch apart. He was able to make 3 bow makers out of 1 piece of hardwood.

Here is a bow I made with it. Worked great!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I made the Chirp!

How exciting to get the newsletter,  start scrolling through it, and then you do a double take. ?!?!!, "Carmel Apple Card", hey wait a minute, thats Me! My card that I made for a friend made it into the Cricut Newsletter, the Chirp. Woo Hoo! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tip Tueaday

Ok, I don't know if I will actually have a tip every Tuesday but I really do like this one. I found this tip on a blog one day and I'm really sorry I don't remember who it was to give her credit. She even had a video. I don't do videos, but this stuff really works for removing sticky residue that's left after you've taken off those annoying price tags. Its called Pure Citrus and its an air freshner that is sold at Home Depot. It smells really good, like fresh squeezed orange juice. No more headaches from goo-gone, which doesn't work. After trying repeatedly to get some glue off an acrylic block with goo-gone, one spritz of Pure Citrus and it wiped right off. If you want to use it as an air freshener spray it in the sink as it is very oily.